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UAF to Commemorate Land-Grant Anniversary


Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will celebrate its roots April 16-21 with activities 
commemorating the 150th anniversary of the landmark Morrill Act. Events will include geocaching and puzzle 
contests, more than a dozen free Cooperative Extension Service classes and an April 16 public lecture byUAF 
historian Terrence Cole about the significance of the land-grant college act.President Abraham Lincoln 
signed the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, establishing the land-grant system of public colleges and 
universities. The act provided states and territories with land to support institutions to educate 
people in agriculture, military tactics and engineering so that the working classes could obtain a “liberal 
and practical education.”

Congress approved the land grant for an Alaska college in 1915 and territorial Gov. John Strong signed the 
bill on May 3, 1917 to establish Alaska’s land-grant college. The Alaska Agricultural College and Schoolof 
Mines opened its doors in 1922 with six students. The college became known as the University of Alaska in 
1935 and eventually the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which remains Alaska’s land-grant institution.

A public celebration from noon to 4 p.m. April 21 in the Wood Center ballroom will include displays and 
hands-on family activities offered by the Cooperative Extension Service and the School of Natural Resources 
and Agricultural Sciences. UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers will speak at 3:30 p.m.

Two iPads will be given away during the event; winners will be drawn fromentries in the word puzzle, trivia 
and geocache contests. Contest information will be in Sunday’s Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and linked from 
Extension’s website at www.uaf.edu/ces. Daily puzzles will beincluded in the paper through April 18. 
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday at the Tanana District office at 724 27th Ave. or the state 
Extension office at 308 Tanana Loop, on campus.

All of the classes, unless noted, will take place at the Extension district office in the Fairbanks 
Community Food Bank building. See class descriptions linked at www.uaf.edu/ces. Register online at 
http://bit.ly/UAF-land-grant or call 474-2420 or 474-2450. Following is a schedule of the week’s events:

Monday, April 16
10 a.m. — Class: “Worm Composting”
2 p.m. — Class: “Making Conflict Work for You”
7 p.m. — Class: “Learn How to Use Your GPS”
7 p.m. — Terrence Cole lecture: “Of the People and For the People: Alaska’s Land Grant College,” 201 Reichardt Building, Boyd Hall

Tuesday, April 17
10 a.m. — Class: “Super Vegetables”
1:15 p.m. — Class: “Healthy Treats,” 201 Reichardt Building, Boyd Hall
2 p.m. — Fruit growers roundtable
7 p.m. — Class: “Biomass Forestry and Boreal Forest Biology”

Wednesday, April 18
10 a.m. — Class: “Crockpot Cooking”
2 p.m. — Class: “Seed Starting and Garden Planning”

Thursday, April 19
9 a.m. - noon —Workshop: “How to Do Business in China”
1:15 p.m. — Class: “Seed Starting and Garden Planning,” 201 Reichardt Building, Boyd Hall
7 p.m. — Class: “Raising Chickens”

Friday, April 20
10 a.m. — Class: “Estate Planning”
2 p.m. — Class: “Septic Systems”

Saturday, April 21
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Workshop: “Introduction to Specialty Food Businesses,”
Workshop fee is $30. Register at http://bit.ly/foodsworkshop.
Noon – 4 p.m. — Public celebration at the Wood Center Ballroom
3:30 p.m. — Address by Chancellor Brian Rogers, Wood Center Ballroom
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